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Gothenburg, Sweden (1996 – present)

Carbon Based Lifeforms (also known as CBL) is an music duo made up of Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad (born Ringström), both born in 1976 and based in Göteborg, Sweden. They met at the age of 15 and are still working together, almost 20 years later. CBL itself was formed in 1996, as an offshoot from other projects, but soon became their focal point, culminating in their first release on in 1998.

It is hard to categorise CBL’s music but the best description might be that of a groundbreaking mixture of , and music. The term / has also been coined.

CBL signed with the celebrated Lyon-based Ultimae Records in 2002 and have since released five full-length albums (Hydroponic Garden in 2003, World of Sleepers in 2006, Interloper in 2010, VLA and Twentythree in 2011) and an EP (Irdial in 2008). All releases have been extraordinarily well received by connoisseurs within the ambient scene.

Additionally they have actively participated in successful collaborations with several artists, including Magnus Birgersson of Solar Fields in a project to compose the music for the Swedish dancer Olof Persson’s “Fusion” performance in 1999.

Johannes often creates the building blocks of sounds and harmonies and could tweak sounds forever, whereas Daniel develops the rhythms and sculpts the ideas into tracks. It remains unclear which of them derives the greatest pleasure from manipulating the distinctive, squelching sounds of the Roland TB-303.


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  • HummerH1alhpa

    The Best !!!

    16 Jul 8:12pm Reply
  • crookedvultured

    It's insane how fucking good 'Interloper' is. [2]

    6 Jul 5:46pm Reply
  • Courier_ttf

    This music is ORGANIC as fuck. The aesthetics are supreme

    22 Jun 11:46am Reply
  • DieKyo

    20 minutes! <3

    18 Jun 4:42pm Reply
  • klevstul

    my favourite band. magical music. a beauty almost inexplicable with words.

    10 Jun 10:09pm Reply
  • Izhorian

    20 Minutes, wow <3

    26 May 3:48pm Reply
  • bbrss

    World of Sleepers on L is the greatest music experience ever.

    25 May 8:09am Reply
  • RoverTheOctopus

    The album World of Sleepers is by far one of the most profound listening experiences I've indulged in. Layers and layers of aquatic bliss. Set Theory blows my mind with each listen, jetting me through a wormhole to another universe.

    20 May 2:46pm Reply
  • T3MP0_4RG

    New album pls

    28 Apr 8:52pm Reply
  • nsleepwalker

    From "Somewhere in Russia", translated from russian: "Streamed nice music from the speakers, Fractal corridors trailed, Leaping shadows, flames erupted, Shone all around grew toadstools. Then again and again it was the same. More friends, guests, musicians, More design and sorcerers, More smiles and new talent." Now I have a single question. Where in Russia it is? I wanna be there. :D

    25 Apr 12:02am Reply
  • sandrarichm

    Big Fan Here

    10 Apr 6:11am Reply
  • m-saIami

    I listened to Interloper so much time, i'll have to rediscover that re-edition :-)

    7 Apr 8:14pm Reply
  • Grabgesang

    It's insane how fucking good 'Interloper' is.

    20 Mar 3:57pm Reply
  • kutox1

    At last

    15 Mar 9:45pm Reply
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    15 Mar 3:09pm Reply
  • journik850

    Interloper is back on Spotify and better than ever.

    15 Mar 12:57am Reply
  • Pylesta

    is there any similar tracks to VLA?

    12 Feb 10:30pm Reply
  • Youraei

    come back to Spotify soon! [5]

    11 Feb 11:20am Reply
  • journik850

    World of Sleepers has made a comeback for me after months of Hydroponic Garden domination. Gryning is my favorite track of the moment, but God damn it changes multiple times a year for me.

    9 Feb 6:40pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    what is your favorite track ? my most played here is Abiogenesis but it doesn't count 3 years of plays from before I reset my count, and I have a special place for Refraction 1.33

    4 Feb 2:06pm Reply
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